WHEN Nick Harvey dived into Scarborough Beach Pool earlier this year, he had no idea his next memory would be waking up in hospital.
The Albany man had travelled to Perth for a holiday in late June with his brother Chris and the pair had decided to enjoy a swim at the Scarborough pool.
“Next thing I remember I was waking up in hospital,” Mr Harvey said.
“I found out I had a cardiac arrest.”
What he does not remember is leaning over lane ropes before falling unconscious, with lifeguard Harley Carey dragging him out of the water and immediately calling for help.
Duty officer Kendall Walter, along with Mr Carey and Mr Harvey’s brother, a volunteer lifesaver, sprung into action, performing CPR and applying a defibrillator.
Ms Walter said it was the first time she had been in a situation that serious but found her training kicked in.
“It definitely did just kick in and was almost like second nature,” she said.
“He looked like he was gone.
“When he did breathe it was just unbelievable.
“On the fourth compression he just did a big gasp, it was like off the movies.”
Mr Harvey was taken to hospital and spent several days in a coma, followed by another couple of weeks undergoing treatment, including receiving a defibrillator implant.
“I feel good now,” he said.
“I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
He reunited with his rescuers this month, which included St John Ambulance patient transport crew Jon Luther and John Backo.
Ms Walter said she was grateful to learn Mr Harvey was doing well.
“It’s fantastic now we know the outcome was so good but at the time we didn’t know,” she said.
“As soon as I saw him I gave him a big hug.”
She and Mr Carey also received a Royal Life Saving Society WA Bravery Award, and recognition from St John Ambulance.
“It was really nice to be acknowledged but I almost feel a bit guilty to get an award for doing something like that,” she said.
“I’m really proud of everyone who was there.
“I really do believe the amount of training I’d received throughout my life was why I was able to kick into gear so quickly.”